Phil’s Quick Thought… You are needed, seriously…

You are needed and wanted, seriously! I really mean that. We all have a variety of things that stop us from being a regular part of a church family, most of them not so good and some legitimate but need to be worked through. With that said, you are important to the church family, yesContinue reading “Phil’s Quick Thought… You are needed, seriously…”

Hope Together (or why the nativity of soft straw and swaddling cloths is really meant for us)

Sometimes I come across a post on Facebook for all of us when we are feeling rough and down in the dumps. It says when you’re feeling like you’re at the end of your rope and you can’t hold on any longer, tie a knot. I like the “don’t give up” attitude of the postContinue reading “Hope Together (or why the nativity of soft straw and swaddling cloths is really meant for us)”

Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?

There is something scandalous about baptism. When parents come to have their children baptized, when I came to the waters of Holy Baptism to pour the baptismal water on my children’s little foreheads, there is something scandalous that happens there. Parents are bringing these children to the water and saying that their children have aContinue reading “Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?”

Go to a lonely place and pray…

From Mark 1:35: “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” It somehow strikes us as remarkable that Jesus would go off to a lonely place and pray. I don’t know why but it doesn’t always match up inContinue reading “Go to a lonely place and pray…”